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Top House Democrat says ‘no question’ Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley may be added to ‘no-fly’ list if found liable for Capitol violence

A top House Democrat said Monday that Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Josh Hawley (Mo.) should be added to the “no-fly” list — which prohibits individuals from traveling on commercial airlines into, out of, or within the United States — if they are found liable for instigating violence at the U.S. Capitol last week.

What’s the background?

Democratic lawmakers have partially blamed Cruz and Hawley for last week’s deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol, claiming their efforts to oppose the Electoral College certification of Joe Biden’s win sowed legitimacy into claims that the election had been “stolen” from President Donald Trump.

Although Cruz and Hawley have not been accused of criminal acts, Democratic senators and representatives have increasingly
called for both men to resign, alleging they have violated their oaths of office.

What is being said now?

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Monday there is “no doubt” that Cruz and Hawley should be placed on the no-fly list as a way to hold them liable for “inciting” the violence.

“There’s no question about it,” Thompson said on SiriusXM’s “The Joe Madison Show.”

“There’s no exemption for being put on the no-fly list,” Thompson added. “Even a member of Congress that commits a crime, you know, they’re expelled from the body. There are ethics charges that can be brought against those individuals. And people are looking at all of this.”

Thompson went on to include freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) among those who may need to be punished.

“What Hawley did and what Cruz did was horrible,” Thompson said. “What the new member from Colorado — who basically tweeted directions and everything that was going on — that’s not something you do. Somebody said, ‘Well she’s new.’ Well the point is ignorance of the law is no excuse. So if you don’t know, you’ve still done something wrong.”

What about the protesters themselves?

Thompson made it clear what he thought of those who participated in the Capitol riots, calling them “domestic terrorists.”

“First of all, these folks, in my opinion, can be classified as domestic terrorists because of the actions they participated in on Wednesday,” he said, as TheBlaze reported Monday.

“Now under normal circumstances international terrorists are out on no-fly lists. These are domestic terrorists — same thing. A terrorist is a terrorist, no matter who you are,” Thompson added.

Democrats are, in fact, doing everything in their power to ensure that those who participated in the violence on the Capitol face any and all consequences.

While many of the rioters have been identified and arrested, two members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure wrote to the Federal Aviation Administration this week demanding the agency do everything in its power to ensure the protestors, and future agitators, are prevented from traveling to violently disrupt President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) told FAA administrator Stephen Dickson:

We write, therefore, to urge you to take every appropriate action within your statutory authority, and to work with air carriers to persuade them to take complementary action, (1) to prevent civil unrest from jeopardizing aviation safety and leading to injury or worse during flight, and (2) to limit the chance that the Nation’s commercial airline system could be used as a means of mass transportation to Washington, D.C., for further violence in connection with the inauguration.

There is no indication that any participants in last week’s riots have been added to the federal no-fly list, CNN reported.

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Democratic House Homeland Security chairman calls for Capitol rioters to be put on ‘no-fly list’ usually reserved for suspected terrorists

Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson (Miss.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is calling on the Transportation Security Administration and FBI to place the riotous Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on the national “no-fly list” — a subset usually reserved for terrorism suspects.

Hundreds of rioters supportive of President Donald Trump’s election challenge fought with cops, breached security barricades, and entered the Capitol Wednesday afternoon, forcing a lockdown and resulting in the deployment of National Guard troops. Multiple people died in the pandemonium, including a Capitol Police officer injured during the confrontations with rioters and a Trump supporter who was shot by law enforcement.

In a statement issued Thursday, Thompson said, “Given the heinous domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol yesterday, I am urging the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use their authorities to add the names of all identified individuals involved in the attack to the federal No-Fly List and keep them off planes. This should include all individuals identified as having entered the Capitol building — an intrusion which threatened the safety of Members of Congress and staff and served as an attack on our Nation.

“We already saw reports of ‘unruly mobs’ in air on the way to Washington, D.C.,” Thompson continued. “It does not take much imagination to envision how they might act out on their way out of D.C. if allowed to fly unfettered. This is an action that TSA and the FBI, by law, are able to take but, to my knowledge, have not yet taken. Alleged perpetrators of a domestic terrorist attack who have been identified by the FBI should be held accountable.”

Sam Mintz, a transportation reporter for Politico who posted the statement on Twitter, noted that the committee does not have the power to order protesters be placed on the no-fly list.

“[This is] a request (albeit one with a lot of eyes on it),” he said. “No indication yet from TSA or FBI that this has actually happened.”

Thompson’s request came after the nation’s largest flight attendants union also expressed safety concerns and demanded that identified rioters be barred from their return flights.

According to the TSA, the no-fly list is “a small subset of the U.S. government Terrorist Screening Database (also known as the terrorist watchlist) that contains the identity information of known or suspected terrorists.” Individuals are placed on the watchlist when they are “reasonably suspected of being involved in terrorist activities.”

In a statement to Newsweek, a spokesperson for the TSA said the agency is “always on high alert.”

“We prepare for all contingencies. For security reasons we do not discuss the precise details of our multiple layers of security, both seen and unseen. Travelers may notice additional law enforcement and canine presence, especially when events justify an increased security posture,” the statement said. “TSA is, of course, always at the ready to accommodate FBI requests and Congressional authorizations related to the No Fly List.”